Delmar, DE - The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash that has claimed the life of a Maryland man which occurred early this afternoon east of Delmar.
The initial investigation has determined that the crash occurred at approximately 12:08 p.m. this afternoon, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, as a 65 year old Salisbury, MD man was operating a 1982 Chevrolet van and was traveling in a northbound direction on Old Stage Road approaching the intersection of Whitesville Road with a posted stop sign. For an unknown reason, the male operator failed to stop his vehicle at the stop sign and entered the intersection directly in front of a 2007 Hino 238, which was being operated by Robert D. Malaby, 55, of Salisbury, MD, and which was traveling in an eastbound direction on Whitesville Road. The front of the Hino struck the driver’s side door of the Chevrolet van. Both vehicles then rolled onto their right sides before exiting the north east corner of the intersection where they came to rest.
The 65 year old male operator, who was properly restrained at the time of the crash, was removed from the scene by Emergency Medical Services and transported to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The name of the victim is being withheld pending the notification of his next of kin.
Robert D. Malaby, who was also properly restrained at the time of the crash, was not injured.
Whitesville Road and Old Stage Road in the area of the intersection were closed for approximately 3 hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.
This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. Alcohol use is not being considered as a factor in the crash.
Anyone who may have witnessed this crash is asked to contact Master Corporal Jay Burns at 302-703-3266. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppersat 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."